Water Works Park shortlist announced

Minneapolis Parks Foundation recently announced the shorlist  for the Water Works park schematic design project. The three shortlisted teams include

  • Gustafson Guthrie Nicol with VJAA and Interboro (Seattle/Minneapolis/New York);
  • SCAPE with Rogers Marvel (New York);
  • Team West 8 (Rotterdam/New York).

A five-member Designer Selection Committee chose the teams from a pool of 27 responses representing seven U.S. states and five European countries to the April RFP for schematic design for a new urban park on “America’s fourth coast.”

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International Design Competition for Zaryadye Park

Зарядье / Zaryadye | © Институт медиа, архитектуры и дизайна "Стрелка" / Сергей Леонтьев © Institute for media, architecture and design Strelka / Sergey Leontiev

Зарядье / Zaryadye | © Институт медиа, архитектуры и дизайна “Стрелка” / Сергей Леонтьев
© Institute for media, architecture and design Strelka / Sergey Leontiev

The building of Zaryadye Park (Зарядье) is a landmark initiative of the Moscow City Government and has commissioned an international competition to develop the site. Zaryadye will be the first public park built in Moscow for over 50 years. It stands alongside the development of Ground Zero in New York, the reconstruction of the Reichstag in Berlin and the competition for a new cultural district in West Kowloon, Hong Kong.

International Design Competition for Zaryadye Park is a two-stage competition. The first stage is the Pre-qualification stage — six teams will be selected to participate in the second stage. The second stage is the Concept competition — selection of the winner and the finalists (second and third places).

We are inviting architects, landscape architects and urban planners, who can bring together multidisciplinary teams of specialists in the fields of engineering, management of public spaces, entertainment industry, cultural programming, economy, sociology, anthropology, dendrology, ecology and wildlife management.

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VIDEO | Paris using sheep to maintain park lawns


New York Times reports on the City of Paris using sheep to maintain park lawns. Paris is turning back the clock. Many parks around the world previously used sheep to maintain lawns including Central Park where sheep grazed from 1860’s until the mid-1930’s. (Video Source | New York Times | Length 2:05)

New York AIDS Memorial Update


The AIDS Memorial design has recently been updated with the loss of the ivy and flowering plants. studio A+I is still the design firm in charge of developing the design for the memorial, with the design progressing with retention of the overall form and linear benches but has lost the natural aesthetic of the mid-2012 design, it appears to be more harsh, static and less inviting. The water feature remains as the focal point under the structure.
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The Bay Lights | the Bay Bridge now a light sculpture


On March 5 “The Bay Lights”, the world’s largest LED light sculpture, 1.8 miles wide and 500 feet high was lit. Inspired by the Bay Bridge’s 75th Anniversary, its 25,000 white LED lights are individually programmed by artist Leo Villareal to create a never-repeating, dazzling display across the Bay Bridge West Span through 2015. Shining from dusk until 2:00 a.m. for two years, it will impact over 50 million people in the Bay Area.

The Bay Lights
VIDEO | New York Times

This Week In Landscape | 3 March 2013

This Week In Landscape | 3 March 2013

Vancouver | Coal Harbour | Flickr User alans1948

Landscape links from around the world during the week of 25 February to 3 March 2013

Landscape Performance Research: The Economics of Change | Jason Twill, LEED AP and Stuart Cowan, PhD | Landscape Architecture Foundation
The overarching goal of The Economics of Change is to shift mainstream real estate practices to document the full value of a built environment that is compatible with healthy, natural systems.

The Most Important Urban Design Decision Vancouver Ever Made? | Brent Toderian | Huffington Post
“In 1997, the city approved its first transformative Transportation Plan. Co-written through a first-time (and not easy) partnership between city planners and transportation engineers, the plan was a game-changer for our city-making model in many ways….”

The Green Team Part 10: POPS for the People…and the Developer | Zeina Zahalan | Metropolis Magazine
“The primary goal of POPS is to unite function with aesthetics—to create public spaces that provide respite in the city’s dense urban fabric.”

Urbanization of the People Must Follow That of the Land | Lan Fang | Caixin
The core of urbanization lies not only in large-scale city building and expansion of industrial parks, but also in the great migration of people from farm villages into cities.

Pedestrian Friendly Streetscape in Santa Cruz | William Langston | A Landscape Architect and a Passport
“So when we were in Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island I was immediately taken by the impressive streetscape improvements to the main streets in town.”

Sequestration Frustration, Close to Home | OLIN Blog
“Clearly the politics of this question run deep, and as advocates of the urban public realm, we can’t hope to remain unbiased. But maybe if we, as advocates and citizens, can join the conversation, we can encourage the power players in Washington to start talking as well.”

A Blog’s Adieu | New York Times
Sadly, the New York Times Green blog has been shutdown to focus on other areas.

IMAGE CREDIT | Flickr User alans1948

STUDENT PROJECT | The Solar Baths at Freshkills Park | Ian Mackay & Steve Muza

STUDENT PROJECT | The Solar Baths at Freshkills Park | Ian Mackay & Steve Muza

On the southern face of the Freshkills landfill’s North mound, four large ponds of salt water capture and store heat radiating from both the sun and the landfill. Each pond is coupled with a tall solar chimney that extracts the heat and converts it to electricity. Multiple smaller salt ponds utilize the same heat to create an artificial hot springs for New York: The Solar Baths at Freshkills Park. The entire system is driven by the concept of the heat-cascade: the multi-stage reuse of residual thermal energy by temperature level. It aims to make that concept tangible to New Yorkers by inviting them to bathe in the heat of their own trash.

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